Posted by Captain John Tiberius Glen (Captain) in Main Sim - Habitat - Glen/Tia Q/
With the others now gone, Glen and Tia were left only with NE Maxine (one of their security red-shirts), plus the three servers by the buffet table from earlier now cleaning things up, plus Dol and one of his own attendants and probably guard. Said attendant was off to the side as well quietly clearing up the leftovers off the table, and moving them over to the buffet. None of the local inhabitants were armed, unless you counted the various plates, bowls, cups, forks, spoons, and non-sharp knives around the table.
Dol himself sat relaxed on the simple chairs that were spread around the table. “..Well we have no name for the planet we orbit, its just to us ‘the planet’. But if you mean what do we call our habitat you see around you? It’s name is Error Unknown Word,” The last part their UT buzzed indicating it did not have a point of reference to translate. “..as for my own name? As I explained for now it is simply Dol, as all who hold this position during our terms take up. However, I assume you mean my given name when I do not hold this office. In which case it is Vornell. But for the sake of my office and our culture I would ask you remain just calling me Dol..” he requested.
“I understand completely Dol,” replied Glen, “I had no wish to offend.” He made a note of the unknown word to repeat it to Lt. Ferris later.
”..No offense was taken I assure you..” Dol replied.
“You said that you could go into more detail of your encounter about the Zok-Dorn Merchant Cooperative?” Glen asked.
”..Indeed I would be glad to expand on that meeting..” He said.
“Tia, my engineer, is rather interested in your engineering capabilities, some of which appear very advanced when compared to others. For instance, your seed pod stasis technology compared to your ship engines. Could you go into more detail about where you found that technology?” Glen asked.
”..Again I would be happy too, since you asked first about the Zok-Dorn I will begin there..” He said.
”..According to my school history, our meeting with the Zok-Dorn was about 100 or so local years ago here. The ship that came across this system, was a long range merchant ship from what we were told. They had a crew of about 25, but only 14 or so of those were awake at a time, the rest remained in a cryo-sleep system to preserve the cost of food and such on their long voyages. From what we learned this group represented several trade interests among their local civilian navy looking for new markets to tap into for trade and growth. Their ships from what we learned used a means of faster than light movement that involved folding space around them in a protective bubble, and then using some kind of matter-transportative beam system to accelerate the ship to faster than light travel, the ship then ‘coasted’ on this slingshot effect for a measured period of time until it neared another gravitational point of exit. I do not know the exact details of how it operated, but it seemed effective for their use.” he said with a slight shrug, “..In either case after about a month of time locally they agreed to adopt two of our seed pod candidates, in exchange we received a useful library of literary novels, historical documents from their people spanning about 400 years of their culture, as well as schematics for several energy collection arrays to improve our solar collection methods across the habitat in this system. These integrations I was told were a development of the range of antennas on the outer edge of our habitat you no doubt saw. Giving us not only higher energy collection refinements, but also the ability to view further out of our system into empty space through telescopes then we had before..” he said.
Glen simply nodded and made encouraging sounds. It seemed that this region of the Quadrant had a number of different Warp-capable systems. He wasn’t an engineer but it sounded like their drive systems limited them to more local Sector travel and that would explain why no contact had ever been made. Glen’s curiosity was because he had heard rumours through Star Fleet of a new aggressive and ominous Warp-capable humanoid species that traded on principles of free enterprise and piracy. He was relieved to hear what the Dol had to say, because it seemed unlikely now that rumours of this other species were the Zak-Dorn.
”..After the exchange they left, both parties agreed to further talks and the return of our candidates once they matured of age. About 40 local years later, another Zak-Dorn ship came to visit, this one was badly beaten and damaged. The crew were only 10 and struggling to operate their ship and low on supplies, but one of them was the second of the two candidates that had gone with the earlier explorers. Her name was Zelee, sadly the other candidate she informed us had been killed in a war that had broken out 8 years after their return to Zak-Dorn inner space. Several more non-law abiding guilds had formed a pact to take over their race, and so a civil war had broken out claiming many lives, colonies, and ships. Those who did not wish to take sides, like Zelee’s parents and Muldoo’s family who were on this ship took off into deep space for better lives elsewhere. Zelee and the other 9 refugees spent another month here, resting and repairing their ship, as well as providing some useful cultural exchanges for us that we integrated to avoid similar missteps of law practice here on the habitat. But despite the offer of all being welcome to remain here, Zelee and the other 9 Zak-Dorn felt they would be best suited to finding their own home with another convoy that was expecting them elsewhere. They did not leave any coordinates though where this was sadly due to wanting us kept innocent of any knowledge of their flight from any enemies. None of which have ever came since they left.” Dol said.
“Sadly, the threat of interplanetary war looms over many of the systems we encounter,” Glen remarked. “Admission into the United Federation of Planets is allowed on condition that the new member upholds the Federation requirements to promote democratic values and a commitment to the peaceful resolution of disputes. I’m surprised that your own doctrine of search and extra-planetary exploration hasn’t brought you into contact with more aggressive and ominous races. The Alstaireans who we have both met, turned down our offer of exploring UFP membership because of a concern that it would lead to them being more visible and noticeable. However, we have a saying on Earth, that ‘no man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea…’ “
Tia would be struck by the description of this ‘wave fold’ and ‘transporter’ like operation for FTL speed. It might remind her of early Earth theories of faster then light travel, all of which came to a grounding halt when World War 3 happened. But it also was interesting on the point of the matter transportation effect tied into it, as it showed 1) Likely Dol’s people were at least in theory aware of matter transportation like the transporter, and 2) These Zak-Dorn had found a way to use a transporter to accelerate what sounded like a warp bubble much higher in speed then what a traditional drive might be capable of, in fact it mirrored some ideas from the now dropped Transwarp Drive Theory project back in the 2280s and 90s, in this point there had been hush hush talk that the theorized ‘transwarp’ drive made use of some kind of larger scale transporter field, but this had not yet been confirmed or denied by the Federation so who knew?
- Glen, CO
Tia listened with great interest to the facts about the faster than light technology. To her, it seemed the technology of long ago, and the future, had combined into something akin to transporting while in warp speed.
She continued to listen about the exchange of people and technology. It wasn’t unlike ambassadorships from Earth. People and technology were exchanged in various ways throughout the Federation.
When there was a lil in the conversation, she spoke up. “These seed pod candidates you mentioned. We came across one, obviously,” she blushed because the boy had been the reason they were here, more or less. “There were several small orbs in the pod with them. I fear it was my call not to retrieve them all when we woke the child. And for my part in their loss, I apologize. But may I ask, what were all the cylinders in the pod with the child?”
She feared they would not answer, and possibly send her away, because of the loss of the items. But better to know now than drag it on further.
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